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>> and now, "bbc world news." >> this is "bbc world news." welcome to westminster for another day of high drama. the british prime minister is to be questioned by m.p.'s over the phone-hacking scandal. david cameron has had to cut short a trip to africa to come before politicians with increasing criticisms over its personal link to the scandal. >> and i'm david eades. the other headlines this hour. history repeating itself. famine is declared in parts of sow modelya. somalia. also serbia's arrested its last war crimes fugitive.
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>> well, it feels like the morning after the night before. a huge day of drama. much anticipation yesterday of course with rupert murdoch, the chief of news corp being grilled by the committee with a mixed reception. more on that later from us here at westminster. but in the coming hours, david cameron, the british prime minister is to be grilled by m.p.'s. he's had to cut short a trip to africa in order answer questions. and the british affairs committee questioning tops as they produced a pretty damning report. >> david cameron arrived home late last night having cut short his trip to africa. this morning he'll find a
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damning report from the way britain's biggest police force has dealt with the phone hacking scandal. they are accused of a catalog of failures and a scathing report of some senior offers. >> i can't say more than that. >> that's john yates describing his choice not to reopen the inquiry when he gave evidence to m.p.'s last week. in the report, they agree with him. >> i'm not letting you get away with that. absolutely not. >> and even more critical. his conduct is described as unprofessional and inappropriate. but the report also criticizes news international. accusing the company of deliberately thwarting the various investigations. yesterday rupert murdoch denied
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he was responsible. >> no. >> you're not responsible? >> [inaudible] >> the moment when a member of the public threw a fope pie at him has generated many of the headlines. it was scrutinized on both sides of the atlantic. >> but now at least u.s. investors appear to have been reassured. and the share price rallied rising by more than 5%. but the threat of a criminal investigation still hangs over the company. today's home affairs committee reports the police investigation here must be given extra resources as a matter of you are intelligence as i. -- you are intelligence as i. >> we knew rupert murdoch was going to cop under verbal attack but two of the tabloid papers here, the sun, owned by
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rupert murdoch's news international focused on that with a picture here, but his message, his opening statement, the most humble day of my life. that was his opening sentence with a foam pie thrown at him which is getting a lot of attention. let's have a look at how it's playing globally. "the wall street journal" starts its headline with rupert murdoch defects blame. the main picture is of that foam attack. again. that is another murdoch-owned paper. the guardian which is very much launched the phone hacking inquiry and starts with a headline. and another international
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herald tribune says a grueling day for the murdoches. again the most humble day of my life and another also goes with that headline. i'm joined by danny rogers. thank you very much indeed for joining us. how do you think rupert murdoch and james murdoch, his son, it was a very interesting display of family dynamics. >> yes. i think yesterday was a success of the murdoches. we saw their shares spike. they came across as fairly human, and i think that boosted temporarily their reputation. >> the reports seem to say rupert murdoch some people surprised at how old and frail he is. he is 0 after all. he does -- he is 80 after all. he does speak in quite a sort of comic manner, long pauses
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between his sentences. >> yes. he's still quite an impressive formal menace delivery to his speech. >> some said he was -- that was his manner that he thinks before he speaks. his delivery is very different from his son. >> yes. but i think there's a feeling that maybe the reigns are passing from rupert to james, and that may be why the shares spiked yesterday. >> he is very polite, conscious of thanking his inquiz tores. >> yes. he seemed polished. but i think he needs to be more contrite and a bit more engaged. >> matthew freud is of course rupert murdoch's son-in-law.
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he denies any personal involvement in this but we did see a quite a bad part of strategy until the other big company was brought in. >> yes. a p.r. crisis from the beginning for news international and news corp. matthew freud does deny any involvement in it, and i think he tries to keep away from it being married to rupert murdoch's daughter. there are big global p.r. networks. so they should have an effect. >> thank you for speaking with us on that. and naomi is with us. in the next hour or so. hour and a half, we are expecting to see the prime minister who still is facing quite a difficult political hurdle on this, because questions emerged further about his links with former news international employees. >> yes. this basically comes down to a
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question of judgment. that's why david david cameron is under more pressure than he's come under in the last year. the question of whether he did proper checks on the former editor of the "news of the world" before he decided to hire him, and more and more people have come to light over the past couple of weeks saying they warned david cameron of the risks of doing that, and that he ignored them. and i think david cameron's critics are looking for some kind of an apology for doing that. >> saying he can't carry on unless he apologizes. he is not going to do that. will the british public get fed up if they play too much poll innings the? >> well, on the one hand, david cameron might have time on his side because m.p.'s are due to break up later today, but on
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the other hand journalists have a whole summer ahead of them and the phone-hacking scandal has proved such a fruitful issue. if he can't draw a line under it, how on earth is he going to get his government's business back on track? >> well, not necessarily the best way to head into the summer, cutting his africa short -- trip short. and in the last couple of weeks here on "bbc world news." a full debate. back with more throughout the day. >> thank you very much indeed. obviously we'll keep right across that here on "bbc world news." now some other news for you. starting with the u.n.'s declaration of a famine in two regions of south and central
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somalia. 30% of children suffering from acute mall nutrition and they fear that could spread to all regions of the country unless conditions improve fast. right around the horn of africa millions are facing star vacation. the children's charity ewan access -- >> we think other areas will be declared famine areas in the coming months and of course we have very serious situations in kenya as well. our international executive, tony, was recently in northern kenya where we're seeing acute mall nutrition rates of about 37%. so this is something which covers a very broad area. >> can you give us a sense. you've put major things in the press about phone hacking
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scandals is one thing but we're talking about life and death among millions of people. from the reports you've seen in the last few weeks and months, the apt of effort going in, is there -- >> of course, we've been working on this emerging situation all year. and we've been working in somalia in these areas continuously for many years. and we are severely underfunded in each of the three countries where the drought is having the impact that it is, so my job in the u.k. is to mobilize people's support and to get the money in that can provide the nutrition supplies that are going to save children's lives. we don't have sufficient resources. we have got planes and ships and trucks heading to the affected areas. but we need do more of that and we need to sustain it before
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the next harvest relieves the situation, hopefully, but that is going to be in three-to-six months. >> aaron is with me now. good business looking once again to how they crack the greek default. how they phrase it and how they make it work. >> absolutely. >> and merkel in a presummit gathering today. >> yes. france and germany very worried about, this because everything on the table so far, the credit rating agencies say they will call that a default. a default will be a big problem for france and germany, because they hold a lot of greek debt. the summit tomorrow, and we originally were expecting something concrete and solid in terms of proposals to come out of that summit. however, angela merkel has sort of poured cold water over that, because she said a lot more is
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needed. one of the proposals on the table. there's several. let me take a step back. one of the things they have to do. the netherlands and germany and others want a plan that will appease the credit rating agencies. so a levee. a tax on euro zone banks to cough up $42.5 billion to help greece's debt. many in the public would say hey, that's great. the banks are of course not happy about this at the moment. but i'm going to be speaking to an expert on this in about 15 minutes and the debt crisis, there may be a plan on the table for that one. >> it wouldn't be a day without a debt crisis, eh? >> serbian authorities say they have arrested the last fugitive indicted for war crimes, in the
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1990's. less than two months after middle vitch was detained. had had -- hadzic is wanted over his alleged crimes against humanity. he went into hiding seven years ago. you're watching "bbc world news." thanks for being with us. stay with us if you can. especially if you like classic opera mixed up with a bit of swimming. we'll see how one did that at an austrian festival. >> security forces have opened fire at a funeral procession in the city of hans killing 10 peep. unrest has been building in the country for a why. >> mourners under fire. all part of the syrian cycle of violence. 30 dead in the weekend in hans
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and protests. shootings. funerals. shootings. these unverified video images come as some residents say they are stuck in their homes listening to gunfire. as well as the opposition at home, the syrian government faces pressure for changes from abroad, including from the arab league. >> i met with the president ba shard and talked to him about the need for reform and i gave him a an example of what happened in egypt and he promised that he would work towards that. >> that's what the european union wants to hear. a broadening out of syrian's isolation. >> in our view it's necessary that the international community are not just europe, clearly speaks out against the syrian government. and condemns the representation
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and to make clear that the dialogue is what we want to bring forward. >> so while the european union calls for dialogue, that's been rejected outright by the street protesters and in streets throughout the country. it's a stalemate between the opposition and a government willing to use force to stay in power. and in some places, such as near the border with lebanon, some people are seeking safety by getting out of syria altogether. "bbc world news," beirut. >> we take you to belgrade. this is the serbian president, boris, talking now about the arrest of gordon hadzic. >> about other cases very sbly well known and recognized.
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for example, a case about osama bin laden and work on the issue was very long and very hard. almost spanned decades, and at the end of the day was fruitful, and it was very efficient. that is the same situation. we have been working very hard. systematically. at the end of the day, we're finished. sorry? ha, no. this time, i am going to announce the arrest of goran hadzic only in serbian language. >> i think we move to goran hadzic, just confirming the arrest of goran hadzic, the last inindicted suspect for war
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crimes in the bosnian conflict listed by the war crimes tribunal and has been hiding for the last seven years. a key figure in the crimes in croatia and he just said he has been working very hard to bring these people in and at the end of the day we have finished. so we can expect goran hadzic to be sent on to the tribunal in the hague in the coming days. just remind you of the main headlines this hour. britain's prime minister david cameron to face questions in parliament over the phone-hacking scandal and after a report criticizes both news international and the metropolitan police. the united nations have declared a famine in south somalia where 1/3 of the
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children are acutely malnourished. >> and a big day at westminster on tuesday. looks like another one today. the prime minister due to appear there in the course of the hours ahead. down at westminster, hello? >> yes. expecting a statement from david cameron. had to cut short a trip to answer questions over this huge political crisis. a conservative cultural secretary now done lots of broadcasting, but very much this was your issue. what do you make of the performance yesterday of the murdoches, and how much political trouble is david cameron is -- in? >> i think mr. thatcher gave him a mistake giving him over 40% of the media and it's disfigured the prime minister. this marked a turn of the tide.
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mr. murdoch had to be on his knees in front of this committee and the public. and considering he doesn't do contrition, he did it pretty well, i thought. james murdoch was managerial. doesn't mean he doesn't have some completely difficult questions to answer not unlike the one which is why he paid an obscene amount of money to one of the alleged victims. >> now in terms of tabloid scandals, you've had your fair share of tabloid coverage, yourself. >> well, in my case, many years ago. the fact that bad things happen to me doesn't affect my view now. i don't think there should be press regulation because thanks to the press and not police, the guardian and telegraph and so on, all this stuff came out. but what i do think is it's almost inconceivable that other papers weren't involved in this
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which is why some of them are saying we think it's time to move on now. >> we've seen more with neil wallace and the former "news of the world" and said to be advising the conservative party in the runup to the election. all this increasing that? >> yes. he took a risk, andy coalson, and perhaps it was a risk he shouldn't have taken. the prime minister needs to regain his authority today. >> how does he do that? >> i think by sounding prime ministerial by making clear that he was and would ensure the police properly investigated. >> but they have already said there was an investigation. should he give the public apology they are asking? >> well, he will maintain though andy coolson was controversial, a lot of po tigses ro controversial.
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he has to sound as if he's in charge. he did that so far. but police have been investigating for six years. >> but there's a list of inquiries. the point is about his judgment he had dinner with rebekah brooks and james murdoch after saying he was going on the warpath against the murdoches. looks like incredibly bad judgment. plus we know there are lots of people -- and it undermines the authority even in the party. >> i am skept can about the way david cap ron has handled this. and i think it's a jupt call. he saw -- i think if he chose, he now realized he allowed himself to get too close to the murdoch empire. that would go down well, but the danger is if he starts apologizing for too much, he
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looks weak and compromised. so it's not an envyible hand he has to play. >> but the risk looks as though he was trying to [inaudible] that's the danger. that his contacts social contacts affect government policy, and that's what he's accused of. >> yes. there was that which he had -- where i think he went badly wrong is the last time he had a big press conference he should have said leeties are one thing but do not especially bears me or you further by pursuing this deal which is impossible for any government to ever let you have, because your organization has tainted and contaminated british life. >> thank you very much for that. much more to come. back to you, david. >> once again, the view from
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westminster. now the annual festival of art and music is opening in western austria. and one of the highlights is the new opera performed on a floating stage on lake coal ston. as bethanie reports from vienna. >> a tale of love and death staged on the lake. ♪ >> the opera, it's being performed for the first time on a floating stage at the festival. the action takes place both on and in the water. ♪ >> the opera is set at the time of the french re-lution. it tells the story of a poe et and his lover caught up in the reign of terror. >> very passionate story with
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this backdrop of historical events going on. it's written with tremendous economy and pace and drive from major doneo. so there are no longer. i mean, it really is like watching a good film, and that's exactly what the experience out here should be like. >> the stage design is based on the same paintings, the death of -- the head rises hot above the surface of the lake and ways -- and weighs 60 tons. fisher is to open the festival and will attend the premiere. it will be performed until the 23rd of august. stephanie bell, "bbc world news". >> if you think that's odd, have a look at this. a night in shining armor jogging. it's all about showing how
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